VP Double Standard

by Sal on October 2, 2008

in Election 2008,Media Bias,Politics

At National Review Online, Victor Davis Hanson writes a brilliant piece, asking the question of how the media and political pundit class would react if Sarah Palin made the same gaffes that Joe Biden made, illustrating it by putting Biden’s words in Sarah’s mouth.  A sample: 

Journalists continue to ask, “What was John McCain thinking in selecting the gaffe-prone Gov. Sarah Palin?”  In what has now become a disturbing pattern, the Alaska governor seems either unable or unwilling to avoid embarrassing statements that are often as untrue as they are outrageous. Recently, for example, in an exclusive interview with news anchor Katie Couric, Palin gushed, “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’ ” Apparently the former Alaskan beauty queen failed to realize that in 1929 there was neither widespread television nor was Franklin Roosevelt even President.

When Biden makes these gaffes, the media laughs it off as you would laugh at an absent-minded, yet beloved, old uncle.  Yet when Sarah makes even the simplest mistake, she is crucified. 

I wonder what the world would look like today if the media treated Democrat and Republican candidates equally over the past 30 years?

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rightonoz October 2, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Sorry, Sal, but there are plenty of examples. Perhaps you were being slightly tongue in cheek…

Just as there are too many news outlets that only hype up the Dems, there are also those that do the same for the Reps.

Blinding example, any Murdoch media that begins a statement with ‘some people say’ you know it is going to be nothing but lies.

Guess those of us with half a brain (I include the both of us) know the truth is going to be somewhere in the middle (well perhaps somewhere to the right of the middle given there are more left loving media than the right).

Cheers

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